Once on top we could see across the city both directions. It's not very wide about 3 feet. Originally it was one sided but for safety a modern railing is on the inside.
I stopped in at Duttons Buttons someone had told me to find but it was nothing spectacular, just lots of everyday buttons. The next place I spotted was the Antique Center. This was larger than the York Antique Center from yesterday and was a little more varied, so I was optimistic. There was a lot of old Chinese antiques (carved stones) and I saw a sign that said costume jewelry so I asked where that was. I didn't see much that I could use but saw a few hatpins and had those taken out of the locked cases. One was a pumpkin colored stone with a design carved into the flat top, L22 ($35) the other a carved black stone. Also saw a golf club one similar to one I'd seen recently that was highly collectible. I was considering the orange stone one when I saw a Victorian skirt lifter! I'd never seen one in person and it would be something I could use. It was L56 ($90), a little more pricey but very unusual. I liked that so I bought it. These were used by ladies starting in the mid-1800s to attach to their skirt and to their waistband to hold it up off the ground in case of mud. Most of the ones I've seen on the Internet were fancy but this was plain. I found out later it would be used for a riding habit or bicycle riding.
Then we started another 2 mile hike around the city, stopping once for our Cornish pasties and sausage roll lunch, which by this time it started raining. We had no rain gear and I wanted a hat. All I could find was expensive hats. Where's all the souvenir baseball hats? We finally found a farmers market/flea market and found three baseball hats. One had NY Yankees, one white, one red. I got the red. I was the only one walking around town wearing a baseball hat but I felt comfortable and my hair was kept dry. We finally found the Jorvik Viking Museum and went in to see all the archaeological digging that had uncovered so much history here. There was a recreated miniature excavation in the ground with a thick glass floor you could walk on top of to see all the details but we were in the middle of a noisy school tour and couldn't hear much of the recorded narration. They've been making a lot of historical discoveries around the city in these excavations. http://www.archeurope.com/index.php?page=jorvik-the-viking-city-of-york
We ran across the York Cocoa House and HAD to stop there and try it out.
It was delicious too but we barely had time to finish it, and no time to buy any to take home when we realized we had ended up at the other end of the city and it was time to go back to the other end for a hop on-hop off bus tour we were going on. So we hiked back another couple miles. We had decided on the bus instead of the walking tour because of the rain and we'd be able to see more of the city that we couldn't walk to.
We were able to find the York Dungeon, and the Black Swan Inn that our friends recommended to us for dinner while we were driving by. On the way back around we hopped off at the Dungeon and went on that tour. Its in an old building and really down deep in the ground/dungeon. I think we went down two or three levels in it.